Lancaster High School Principal Bruce Cook handed in his official resignation on Thursday, Mar. 9, around 3 p.m. His resignation topped off a chaotic day for Lancaster after they received an alleged bomb threat that morning, resulting in the dismissal of students and faculty for the rest of the day.
This is the second consecutive year Lancaster has had a high school principal resign during the school year. Last spring, Erskine Morgan resigned from the position after holding it since July of 2014. Robert Bailey served as interim principal before Cook took over in June.
“It’s obviously not an ideal situation for us and we would rather not have this situation,” stated Lancaster County Public Schools’ Superintendent Steve Parker in an interview, “but in the end we are going to do what’s best for our kids and that’s to look forward and find a dynamic leader who is capable of handling the complexities that come with the job.”
According to Parker, faculty and staff were notified on Friday afternoon following the school day. Parker stated during Tuesday night’s school board meeting that he typically would have notified staff the following morning, but since they were dismissed early because of the bomb threat there was no way to communicate to them they needed to come in early on Friday.
Students were sent home with a letter for parents on Monday, Mar. 13. “I thought it prudent to inform the staff before I hand out a letter to send home to parents saying that their principal had resigned,” stated Parker.
Barbara Bohannan will serve as acting high school principal and Parker assured the public that the school was never left without administrative leadership. The open position has been posted and they will begin the process of finding a qualified candidate.
Taylor O’Bier is a Northumberland Echo reporter.